First Impressions: Faber Castell Polychromos and Blending Technique

Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,

Last week, I decided to purchase a set of Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils. (I blame Lisa from Lachri Fine Art, she’s a super talented artist who uses these colored pencils. Yeah… I’m pretty much obsessed with her YouTube videos.)  I was intrigued by the pencils because they are oil based (not wax based like the pencils offered by Prismacolor), they are blendable and apparently the cores are fairly strong (the pencils won’t break too easily when you sharpen them).

After trying these pencils, I was very pleased with them. Although I have only been using them for a week, they met expectations and seem to be a wonderful and high quality product overall.

My first time trying Polychromos.
My first time trying Polychromos.

In addition to trying some new pencils, I also wanted to try a new technique that I found online by randomly researching card making ideas. Although this technique is quite simple, the results are pretty cool. Basically, after you lay down a layer of colored pencil, you use a blending stump moistened with baby oil to soften and blend colors together. Using this technique, I found that colors became richer and more vibrant. (I will caution you though that using too much oil can ruin a picture, as the paper can get over saturated. Additionally, I wouldn’t use this technique on a masterpiece, as I question how archival works covered in baby oil would be. As such, you may want to invest in some paint thinner if you are worried about creating works of art that will stand the test of time.)

Here is a Gif I made to illustrate the difference.

The lighter image is before blending and the darker, more vibrant, image is after blending.
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Before and After- Baby Oil Blending Technique

Here are some more pictures I created using this technique…

Here is a list of materials I used:

That’s all for now. Thanks so much for following my creative journey!

🌵Audrey

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8 thoughts on “First Impressions: Faber Castell Polychromos and Blending Technique

    1. Hi M, To get the images onto my computer, I use my Epson scanner, which comes with its own software. To make the GIF and to add my website to photos I use a great free software called Photoscape. I hope that helps!-Audrey

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  1. I really enjoyed your post and intend to visit you often. Thank you for the information about the Polychromos too. I was about to buy the Prismacolor but I may try both first. I suppose it depends what technique you are trying.

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara. I really like both brands and it does depend on the technique you use. I love how clean the Polychromos are, but I also love how rich and creamy the Prismacolors are. I would suggest busying a small set of each and comparing the two. That’s what I did. 🙂

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